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J De Wit Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands

J. de Wit is an anthropologist teaching Public Policy and Development Management at the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands. He has been and is engaged in various capacity building programmes in India, Namibia and Vietnam. His recent publications include various articles on his key interests—urban poverty alleviation, decentralization, (local) governance and community dynamics. The publications include Initial Assessment of Decentralisation in India: Administrative and Political Dimensions (Gamsberg McMillan, 2003); Supporting Decentralised Urban Governance: Training Women Municipal Councillors in Mumbai, India (with B. Holzner, ISS, 2003) and The Rise and Decline of an Urban Poverty Unit in the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation (Ashgate, 2002).